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Posted: 3rd October 2016

Invincible Talbot wins Alpine Trial again

Once again, the Invincible Talbot wins the Alpine Trial. And once again, Pace Products is behind the win.

This years’ running of the modern evocation of the rally, The Third Alpine Trial 2016, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, took place last week between the 26th and 28th September in the incredible mountain roads around Jura, to the west of the Rhone. The rally was original competed in 1910 and was devised to stretch the endurance of the vehicles of the time but was last run in 1936. The modern version was recreated first in 2014 and was won that year by the Pace team of Gareth Burnett and Jez Haylock, in John Ruston's 1934 Talbot 105. Pace’s Managing Director, Gareth lifted the Alpine cup 80 years on from the 1934 event when the Works Talbot team won the cup. This year, the successful pairing of Gareth and Jez won their second Alpine cup, this time using John Ruston's original 1931 Talbot 105, GO 52. This car has extensive competition history being as it was one of the original Fox and Nicholls team cars which won the famous Brooklands Double-Twelve in 1931. Last week, the team dominated the leader board for each of the three days, showing the strength of the original car and the care and expertise used to restore and maintain this iconic vehicle.

The Alpine Trial of 1934 was won by the Pass and Joyce sponsored Talbot Alpine Trial team which consisted of three cars, BGH21, BGH22 and BGH23 who held off stiff completion and exhibited invincible performance over the three days. One of these cars, BGH21 was piloted this year by owner John Ruston with Michael Birch as co-driver and achieved a creditable 13th from a field of 42.

Both cars are maintained and prepared at Pace Products who have also reproduced original type replacement cylinder blocks and cylinder heads for the vehicles as part of their commitment to the marque and to their customers. This years’ Alpine trial was the first competition outing for the recreated engine which was fitted to GO 52 and never missed a beat. Both Pace-prepared cars in the event also used one of Pace Products radiators.


Overall, the gruelling event was a huge success for all cars and drivers and in particular for Talbot motor cars and Pace Products who won trophies for being First Overall, the Best Team and another coveted Alpine Cup.

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